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  • EU Condemns Stigmatization of Ebola Affected Countries

    first_imgThe European Union (EU) has taken exception to decisions  by some African countries and others to stop their flights from entering and taking off from countries affected by Ebola.Besides the cancellation of flights, some African countries and others have suspended relations with Liberia and other West African Countries affected by Ebola. “That is stigmatizing,” said the EU, through its Deputy Director for Development Cooperation at the Commission, Marcus Cornaro.Addressing a press conference at the EU’s Mamba Point office last Friday, Mr. Cornaro frowned on the acts by these countries and noted with emphasis that it was not helping the situation in Liberia and the other countries affected by the Ebola disease.  It was rather stigmatizing them.“We must fight only to contain the disease and not to stigmatize affected countries by imposing restrictions,” he declared.He gave assurance that EU would continue to support frontline groups, including Médecins Sans Frontières  (MSF)  and the World Health Organization (WHO) in fighting the disease, and its long-term development agenda for Liberia would continue,  regardless of the Ebola crisis.Condemnation by the EU  Development Cooperation Director is coming a few weeks after the African Development Bank President Dr. Donald Kaberuka and World Health Regional Director Luis Gomez Sambo, during a brief visit with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, had condemned the action by these countries, notably the Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and South Africa.  These three countries have closed their borders to travelers from the three Ebola affected nations, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The two executives from the ADB and the WHO Regional African Office, in separate statements, said actions by some airlines to cancel flight and some countries to withdraw their people from Ebola-affected countries were not helping the situation.The two men said the countries and airlines operators were acting sentimentally without a piece of advice from experts.  The two executives warned that such actions have the propensity to have serious adverse effects on the economies of the affected countries and bring additional social problems.At the African Union and United Nations’ meetings held separate times in recent days, Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan cried foul, stressing that Liberia has always identified with other African countries in times of their trouble, but most of them in this Ebola crisis have suspended their relations with Liberia while other airlines have cancelled their flights.Minister Ngafuan in his vehement assertions at the AU and UN meetings, stressed that actions by those unnamed African countries brought to question the definition of African solidarity. He noted  that when they needed Liberia, there was no skepticism about what they may contract from the country; but now that  Liberia needs them, they are all shying away with belief that Liberia is too dangerous a  place for them.The Liberian Foreign Minister, however, not forgetting his diplomatic role, was quick on the two occasions to recognize some African countries and business entities that have continued to identify with Liberia amid the worsening Ebola crisis.He named Nigeria, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco for continuously identifying with Liberia.  He also named Air Moroc and SN Brussels that have continued to allow their flights to Liberia amidst the Ebola crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Govt can afford to remove VAT on private education – Jagdeo

    first_imgGovernment can afford to remove its imposed 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education without significantly harming its revenue framework, according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Jagdeo, an economist, calculated that Government could have, and currently can, slash spending in unnecessary areas in order to maintain its desired revenue stream without taxing private education.Referring to the monies wasted and squandered on the D’Urban Park Project, which amounted to close to $1 billion, Jagdeo said that would have been more than four years of what the parents have to pay on private education.According to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, the Government has projected to earn over $350 million per year from the VAT on private education.He had contended that the education tax was necessary because a number of private schools did not pay their full share of existing taxes, but Jagdeo argued that such an explanation defied logic.One of the protests against VAT on private education“If the private schools are offending the tax, if they are not paying their fair share of taxes, then, by all means, the GRA [Guyana Revenue Authority] should go after them. But you cannot put in place VAT on the parents as a compensatory measure for the transgressions of private schools,” he posited.The Opposition Leader pointed out that the priorities of the Government were backward, since it could save much more than $350 million per year if it immediately rescinded the salary increases and lavish benefits given to Ministers.“The salary increases that Ministers took in addition to their benefits will be more than $350 million alone! Are they saying that they have greater priority in terms of needs to State funds than the 20,000 students in Guyana who are going to private institutions?” Jagdeo queried.He also slammed the Government over its decision to grant beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) a $3.5 billion tax write-off even as it found it appropriate to tax the working class who were struggling to elevate themselves.Jagdeo continued, “Why are we spending hundreds of millions of dollars fixing up State House or building the Wall of China now by the Office of the President compound? How much does that cost? We don’t know because they haven’t gone to tender.”He also highlighted that the $12.5 million of taxpayers’ money being handed to Alliance For Change (AFC) financier Larry Singh for the Sussex Street bond could have otherwise been utilised to bolster revenues instead of taxing private institutions.Former President of the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA), Dr Melissa Ifill had argued that in other Caribbean States which have the same public/private education structure, private schools were in fact given tax breaks and other benefits from the State.She pointed out that Governments viewed private schools as aiding the Public Sector, as they removed a major burden from the State in providing quality education to masses of students.Government, even after hosting a post-VAT implementation consultation with stakeholders to address their concerns with the VAT on private education, announced that the tax would remain for this year.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who addressed the forum on Friday, said Cabinet would review their concerns, but announced that if any changes were to be made, they would be done until 2018.Disgruntled stakeholders have pledged to continue their resistance against the Government until it removed the VAT on private education.Another protest is slated for today outside the Education Ministry from midday.last_img read more

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  • Former NLL MVP coming to Fort St. John to run lacrosse camp

    first_imgThe camp costs $100 for two days of lacrosse training and is welcome to all children under the age of 17.Iannucci is also inviting coaches from around the area to come to the camp for a coaching clinic. The clinic is free of charge and aims to help improve coaches training methods as well as strategies.The camp will be held at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on July 21st and 22nd. Camp times will be announced at a later date.To register for the camp email noochlax83@gmail.com.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A lacrosse camp put on by former National Lacrosse League MVP Athan Iannucci is coming to the Energetic City.Iannucci spent parts of eight seasons in the NLL playing for the Philadelphia Wings, Washington Stealth, and Colorado Mammoth. In 2008 he set the single-season goal scoring record with 71 goals and took home league MVP.Iannucci is coming to Fort St. John with hopes of expanding the game of lacrosse in northern communities.- Advertisement -“I’m pretty familiar with the dynamics of B.C. Lacrosse and I know they don’t get a lot of love up there,” said Iannucci.The camp will focus on the fundamentals of lacrosse, including shooting mechanics, passing, dodging, footwork, conditioning and more. In addition to to the fundamentals, Iannucci will have the kids work on the most specific details to enhance their game.“We’re really focusing on the smallest of things, like how you hold your stick, where you put your thumb or finger,” said Iannucci. “Just the tiniest little things that most people overlook if they don’t have 30 plus years of lacrosse experience.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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  • Pregnant woman and two children escape without injury after shots fired at home

    first_imgThe motive for the shooting is not know at this time.  The RCMP were called to a home across the street from Duncan Cran Elementary School at 7:30 p.m. Friday.“This residence was occupied by a pregnant mother and two small children at the time of the shooting”, says Sgt. Steve Perret of the Fort St John RCMP Serious Crime Unit.  He goes on to say “they are so very fortunate that she was able to get herself and her children out of harm’s way so no one got hurt”.Part of 89 avenue in front of Duncan Cran was closed for over 17 hours while the RCMP investigated the incident.  The investigation continues at this time.- Advertisement -The RCMP are still asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

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  • WATCH: Paulo Dybala’s stunning technique to score a volley

    first_img Paulo Dybala Paulo Dybala has impressed since arriving at Juventus from Palermo this summer. On Friday, the 22-year-old certainly showed why. The Argentina international doubled the Old Lady’s lead in the Serie A clash with Lazio, and what a delightful effort it was. Juventus were 2-0 winners and Dybala now has eight goals in 20 games, see his latest below! 1last_img

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  • Doo Dah Parade postponed

    first_imgPASADENA – Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade, goofball cousin to the Tournament of Roses Parade, has been postponed until Jan. 20, it was reported today. The long-standing celebration of all things wacky is usually held around Thanksgiving, but has been pushed back to Jan. 20. The announcement was posted on the event’s Web site, but no reason for the postponement was given. The 31st annual parade though Old Town is set to step off at 11:30 a.m. that Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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  • RETURN TO SENDER! HOW DONEGAL EIRCODE EXPERIMENT WENT BADLY WRONG

    first_imgBrendan’s letter.A local civil servant has pleaded with An Post to make the new Eircode service ‘safe’ – after a postal experiment didn’t exactly go to the letter of the law.Brendan Flanagan works in the Maternity Benefits Section at the Department of Social Protection in Buncrana.Concerned that thousands of clients would receive their correspondence, Brendan decided to take matters into his own hands.He explained that with huge volume of mail outgoing every day, he decided to test the new codes, to see if he and his fellow workers could rely on them.“Firstly I went to the to the Eircode.ie website and entered “McCarter Rd, Buncrana” and several options came up, including “Intreo Centre”, which would be our address for Maternity Benefit.“So I chose that option, and the code came up, which is “F93 CH79”. Armed with this information, I addressed a letter to myself, with just my name and postcode, and sent it out through our internal mail, which was franked by our machine.“Normally most letters posted arrive the next day, and I was awaiting the delivery on Tuesday morning. It didn’t arrive. Nor did it arrive on Wednesday or Thursday. But on Friday it was returned with a Post Office sticker on it, informing us that it had an “insufficient address” and that they were unable to deliver it.”Brendan revealed the postage for this item is 66 cents, and he believes that An Post charge a fee for letters with “an insufficient address”, in order to return to the sender.He says he would like to now appeal to An Post to get their house in order before rolling out the system.“I would like to now ask An Post, to refund this fee to the us, and to let us know when it is safe to use the new postcode, as we in Maternity Benefit Section, strive to provide a good service to our customers,” he said.Ironically Brendan’s department is located in the same town which this week also gave an example of why the humble postman may know a lot more than the multi-million euro Eircode system.A letter addressed simply to – “Your man Henderson. That boy with the glasses who’s doing the PhD up there in Queens in Belfast, Buncrana, Co Donegal” managed to find it’s owner!RETURN TO SENDER! HOW DONEGAL EIRCODE EXPERIMENT WENT BADLY WRONG was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan FlanaganbuncranadonegalEircodelast_img read more

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  • Park’s money mishandled

    first_imgThe probe found that the employee had been lax in following bookkeeping procedures in the year or so before the uncashed checks were discovered. A procedure to record every transaction had been in place for years, Finance Department officials said, but “somebody … decided to tweak it a little bit.” The investigation also found that no money was stolen by the employee. Officials have also installed a new cash register to help record transactions at Heritage Park’s offices. Park staffers also will be more accountable; all transactions must be balanced and deposited to the Finance Department daily, Bergeron-Vance said. Heritage Park’s facilities are popular among residents and visitors. A reconstructed ranch estate, the park is host to wedding ceremonies and receptions, family picnics and city events throughout the year. “You put procedures in place for reasons, to protect the employee to benefit the public that’s entrusting you with these payments,” said Bergeron-Vance. “There are procedures, and these procedures need to be followed.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Sloppy bookkeeping by a city employee has triggered stricter money-handling procedures at Heritage Park, finance officials said Tuesday. The tightening of policies impacts private reservations of the popular park for weddings, family gatherings and other functions. Specifically, park officials no longer will take cash payments for renting out facilities at Heritage Park. However, residents can now pay with a credit or debit card. The mishandled bookkeeping was done by a “staff person who was responsible for establishing paperwork” for reservations and the rental of facilities at Heritage Park, said Susan Bergeron-Vance, director of finance and administrative services. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The staffer “had not been keeping records up-to-date and was quite remiss,” she added. Bergeron-Vance would not give the employee’s name, citing personnel confidentiality. She said the person remains employed by Santa Fe Springs, but the employee has been removed from managing any finances. “It’s become obvious to us that it’s where the person has not been best suited,” she added. City Manager Fred Latham said an investigation began at Heritage Park after another employee reportedly found about $2,000 inside a co-worker’s desk drawer, mostly in uncashed checks. last_img read more

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  • SHAY’S SECRET SHIRTY GIFT TO FELLOW DONEGAL GOALSCORER MCHUGH

    first_imgDonegal’s newest sportstar has revealed how big-hearted Shay Given put aside his own disappointment to make sure he enjoyed the biggest night of his career.Lettermacaward man Carl McHugh scored a stunning goal against the Lifford man when they met in the semi-final of the League Cup.McHugh’s team Bradford caused a huge upset against Given’s Aston Villa team by beating them 3-1. The 19 year old has now revealed how he shook his childhood hero’s hand at the end of the game and then asked him for his jersey.Shay just walked away and Carl wasn’t sure what to make of his reaction.But the Lifford man later lived up to his reputation as one of the nicest players in the game.Carl revealed: “I just shook Shay’s hand and asked him for his jersey. I didn’t want to be trying to speak to him after the game because he was obviously disappointed. “But he was a top man. He left the shirt into our dressing room. He gave it to our kitman to pass on to me.“I know there is still another leg to go but scoring past Shay in a League Cup semi-final is something that nobody can ever take away from me. It still feels surreal.”The Donegal lad said he would love a chance to play in the final at Wembley but is taking nothing for granted when Bradford face Aston Villa again in two weeks time.“I’m not even thinking about Wembley,” said McHugh. SHAY’S SECRET SHIRTY GIFT TO FELLOW DONEGAL GOALSCORER MCHUGH was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carl McHughjerseyLeague CupShay Givenlast_img read more

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  • 40 footballers you never knew shared the pitch together

    first_img5. Andres Iniesta and John Hartson (Barcelona v Celtic – 2004) 14. Luis Suarez and Jaap Stam (Groningen v Ajax – 2006/2007) 22 REVEALED In one of his four A-League matches, Romario was taken off with ten minutes remaining; Jedinak’s Mariners won 2-0. 1. Luis Figo and Odion Ighalo (Inter v Udinese – 2009) 18. David Beckham and Anthony Martial (PSG v Lyon – 2013) As such, there are several examples in football of players from different time periods meeting on opposite teams, although they’re not always legendary!The generational gap is often bridged, as in all sports, with the torch being passed from one age-group to the next. 22 7. Sergio Aguero and Diego Simeone (Independiente v Racing – 2005) 16. Peter Schmeichel v Henrique Hilario (Manchester United v Porto – 1997) Martial (17) entered the fray on 76 minutes, and Beckham (38) was brought on as a time-wasting substitution with just seconds left; the Englishman’s PSG side won 1-0. 22 22 tense Gazza (34) was substituted after just eight minutes with an injury, however, his Everton side went on to beat Carrick (20) and West Ham 5-0. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 22 Xavi was hauled off after 45 minutes with the score at 0-0; Bramble stayed on, but his side were ultimately beaten 2-0. 11. Pep Guardiola and Matthew Upson (Barcelona v Arsenal – 1999) 20. Ronaldo and Neymar (Corinthians v Santos – 2009) REAL DEAL 22 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 6. Rivaldo and James Milner (Olympiacos v Newcastle – 2005)­ 9. Romario and Mile Jedinak (Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners – 2006) 22 These two men twice played the full 90 minutes against one another in the Eredivisie; 19-year-old Suarez scored in both games, 34-year-old Stam scored in one of them, but both ended up 3-2 victories for Ajax. shining Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Both men came on as late substitutes and played against one another for all of five minutes; 36-year-old Figo’s Inter beat 19-year-old Ighalo’s Udinese 1-0. 15. Ivan Rakitic and Robbie Savage (Basel v Blackburn – 2006) The pair faced off for the entire match as 23-year-old Aubameyang’s Saint-Etienne came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against 37-year-old Beckham’s PSG. 4. Lionel Messi and Charlie Adam (Barcelona v Rangers – 2007) Okocha was brought on after 88 minutes and so spent a very brief spell playing against Maradona, whose Argentina side won this World Cup group match 2-1. 22 Savage (32) was taken off after 38 minutes while Rakitic (18) didn’t last much longer as he exited the field of this UEFA Cup match on 55; Blackburn went on to win 3-0 – that’s the current Barcelona man in the back ground being made to chase Rovers’ Andre Ooijer. 22 22 Iniesta came on after 60 minutes and these two shared the pitch for half an hour; Hartson scored the equaliser as Celtic snatched an impressive 1-1 away draw in their Champions League group. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals huge blow gameday cracker This pair faced off twice in a bitter rivalry between two of Argentina’s biggest clubs; 35-year-old Simeone’s Racing won the first match 3-1, while 17-year-old Aguero scored as Independiente later got revenge with a 4-0 thrashing. 8. Xavi and Titus Bramble (Barcelona v Newcastle – 2003) 22 The two Brazilian superstars faced off twice in 2009 state competitions; 32-year-old Ronaldo rolled back the years and scored twice in a 3-1 win for Corinthians and the other match was another defeat (1-0) for 17-year-old Neymar. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Upson came on after 73 minutes in this Champions League group match; Guardiola was taken off in injury time as his side won 4-2. REVEALED 10. Bobby Zamora and Fabio Cannavaro (Fulham v Juventus – 2010) Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Often, when a footballer is at the end of their career, they can cross over with youngsters who are just beginning their journey in the professional game.An experienced veteran’s team may be drawn against an up and comer’s side in an international competition, or the fading legend may head to a more obscure league and bump into a talent who is about to emerge. Cole (21) entered the fray with just eight minutes remaining of this Champions League group match; Conte (32) played the full 90 minutes as Juve won 1-0. 2. Antonio Conte and Ashley Cole (Juventus v Arsenal – 2002) whoops 22 17. Lionel Messi and Zoltan Gera (Argentina v Hungary – 2005) BONUS: Ronaldo and Neymar also played TOGETHER for Brazil in a 2011 friendly. 13. Michael Carrick and Paul Gascoigne (West Ham v Everton – 2001) 22 22 22 For just three minutes, Rivaldo (32) was lucky enough to share the pitch with Milner (19) as the Englishman came on the hour mark before the Brazilian was substituted; Newcastle won 3-1 (7-1 agg) and knocked Olympiacos out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage. 3. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and David Beckham (Saint Etienne v PSG – 2013) 22 22 Latest Premier League News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars A 17-year-old Neymar faced a 32-year-old Ronaldo These two met twice in two Champions League group games. In the first, Adam’s Rangers held out for a 0-0 home draw, while in the second Messi scored as Barca secured a 2-0 win at Camp Nou. 22 22 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 22 Juve won 3-1 in the first leg of this Europa League semi-final, however Cannavaro was sent off and Zamora scored in the return tie as Fulham won 4-1 and went through 5-4 on aggregate. 19. Gheorghe Hagi and Nigel Martyn (Galatasaray v Leeds – 2000) 12. Jay-Jay Okocha and Diego Maradona (Nigeria v Argentina – 1994) Hagi put a penalty past Martyn in the second of their games against one another as his Galatasaray side beat Leeds 4-2 on aggregate in this UEFA Cup semi-final. 22 no dice Schmeichel kept a clean sheet, but Hilario didn’t as United ran out 4-0 winners in the first leg of this Champions League quarter-final. Arguably, the shortest shared pitch-time in this list, as Messi came on after 64 minutes and was sent off just one minute later; this was his debut for Argentina, who won 2-1. 22last_img read more

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